Texas Official Wants to Know if NSA Domestic Spying Involved Guns


Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst wants a congressional investigation into whether the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program has ever targeted gun owners, kept a list of firearms purchases or tracked gunshow visits, reports the Texas Tribune. Dewhurst offered no apparent evidence that NSA did focus on guns. .

“I believe to be illegal any effort by the Obama administration to build dossiers on law-abiding Americans, including what magazines they read, what gun shops they visit, how often they purchase ammunitions, and with what groups they affiliate,” Dewhurst told John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, the state’s U.S. Senators, and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tx.), who chairs the Homeland Security Committee. Since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began releasing internal agency documents in June, the White House has ordered a review of the agency’s intelligence collection.

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